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Initial Academic Eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

Initial Academic Eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship program requires students to meet academic eligibility requirements in addition to the basic requirements.  The type of high school or home study program a student attends and graduates from determines the student’s HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements.

 

Types of high schools for HOPE Scholarship

An eligible high school or an accredited home study program is one which is accredited by at least one of the approved accrediting agencies listed below; this is true even if the high school or home study program is located outside the state of Georgia or outside of the United States.

A high school not accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies as listed below is considered an ineligible high school.

A home study program which is not accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies as listed below is considered an unaccredited home study program.

Below are the approved accrediting agencies for high schools and home study programs

High schools and home study programs located in Georgia must be accredited by one of the following approved agencies:  

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Georgia Independent School Association

High schools and home study programs located outside of Georgia must be accredited by one of the following approved agencies:  

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Alabama Independent School Association
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools.

The high school or home study program must be accredited by an approved accrediting agency as listed above at the time of the student’s graduation or completion. The accrediting agency should be listed on their website. 

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

 

Student Academic Eligibility Requirements

Initial academic eligibility for students is based on the high school or home study program the student graduated or completed. 

Select from the list below which best describes your status then read the requirements to determine how initial academic eligibility is made.

  1. Graduate from an eligible high school
  2. Completer of an accredited home study program
  3. Graduate from an ineligible high school
  4. Completer of an unaccredited home study program
  5. Earned a GED from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
  6. Earn Eligibility While in College

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

 

Graduates of an Eligible High School & Graduates of an Accredited Home Study Program

HOPE Scholarship Academic Eligibility Requirements as an entering freshman at an eligible college or university in Georgia (after high school graduation or home study completion)

Meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduate with a minimum 3.0 HOPE Calculated GPA and a minimum of four rigor credits.

Georgia High School Reporting

If you graduate from a Georgia eligible high school your high school is required to submit your transcript data to GSFC for the calculation of your HOPE GPA.

This is a secure electronic process. Once your HOPE calculated GPA is calculated, finalized, and verified by your high school, you can view it through your GAfutures account at My High School HOPE GPA.

Out of State High School Process

If you graduate from an eligible high school located outside of Georgia and believe you meet the HOPE Scholarship GPA requirement and rigor requirement as listed above, your eligibility must be calculated manually. Complete the following steps for your eligibility to be determined.

  1. Complete the Request for Out-of-State High School Transcript Evaluation for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships form
  2. Submit the completed form with your official transcript, and needed test score report by:
    1. Sign in to your GAfutures account (create one if you don’t have one)
    2. Select Document Upload, located on the left-hand side of the page.
      • Document Upload - acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, tiff

 

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

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Graduates of an Ineligible High School or Unaccredited Home Study Program or Earned a GED

HOPE Scholarship Academic Eligibility Requirements as an entering freshman at an eligible college or university in Georgia (after high school graduation or home study completion) or earned a GED from a TCSG institution.

Meet the following criteria:

  1. ACT or SAT scores earned prior to high school graduation. The student must score in or above the 75th percentile on a single national or state/district administration of the ACT or single national administration of the SAT.

A minimum composite score of 24 is required for the ACT.

A minimum score of 1160 is required for the SAT.

Academic Eligibility Process

 If you graduate from an eligible high school located outside of Georgia and believe you meet the HOPE Scholarship GPA requirement and the ACT or SAT score requirement as listed above, your eligibility must be calculated manually. Complete the following steps for your eligibility to be determined.

  1. Complete the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Evaluation Request form
  2. Submit the completed form with your official transcript, and needed test score report by:
    1. Sign in to your GAfutures account (create one if you don’t have one)
    2. Select Document Upload, located on the left-hand side of the page.
      • Document Upload - acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, tiff

Retroactive Eligibility

A student who graduated from an ineligible high school or completes a home study program in Georgia may receive the HOPE Scholarship retroactively for his or her freshman year of college, if he or she earns a 3.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit.

Meet the following criteria:

  1. Attempt 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit and
  2. Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative HOPE calculated GPA

Academic Eligibility Process

If you graduate from an ineligible high school or an unaccredited home study program and believe you meet the HOPE Scholarship GPA requirement after attempting 30 semester or 45 quarter hours, your eligibility must be calculated manually. Complete the following steps for your eligibility to be determined.

  1. Complete the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Evaluation Request form
  2. Submit the completed form with your official transcript, and needed test score report by:
    1. Sign in to your GAfutures account (create one if you don’t have one)
    2. Select Document Upload, located on the left-hand side of the page.
      • Document Upload - acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, tiff

 

The deadline to apply for the HOPE Scholarship retroactive payment is the last day of the semester or quarter immediately following the semester or quarter in which you reached the 30 semester or 45 quarter attempted-hour point (excluding summer semester).

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

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Earn Eligibility While in College

A student who was not academically eligible for the HOPE Scholarship as an entering college freshman may become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship.  The college/university you are attending will determine your eligibility after you have attempted the required hours.

Meet the following criteria:

  1. Attempt 30, 60, or 90 semester hours or 45, 90, or 135 quarter hours of study
  2. Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative calculated HOPE GPA

Coursework taken as a dual credit enrollment student cannot be used to gain HOPE Scholarship eligibility.

                                  

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

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